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Chauvin Found Guilty For The Murder Of George Floyd

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While the nation paused for the reading of the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin — and many rejoiced — activists say now is a moment to keep moving forward in addressing racial injustice.”It’s a relief, but the celebration is premature,” Rev. Jesse Jackson told CNN. “We must break the backbone of legal lynching forever. Police killing people is getting away with legal lynching,” Jackson said. “So, we still have a lot of work to do, this is a first down, not a touchdown.”The evidence of the work ahead can be found no more than ten miles away from the courthouse where Chauvin was convicted, Jackson said. In the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, burial plans are underway for Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop on April 11.Chauvin, 45, was convicted Tuesday of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter of George Floyd — all three of the charges he faced. The jurors deliberated for more than 10 hours over two days before coming to their decision.

The verdict reverberated throughout the US, much of which saw large-scale demonstrations in the wake of Floyd’s death in May 2020. Footage of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes ignited weeks of protests — as well as looting and unrest — and refueled national conversations around policing and racial bias in the US. “This is a huge day for the world,” Floyd’s girlfriend Courteney Ross told reporters outside the courthouse Tuesday. “We walked around with eyes wide shut for a long time, so they’re starting to open today, and this is going to be the first in a future of change.”The teen who captured the video that shocked the country said she cried when the verdict was announced.”George Floyd we did it!!” Darnella Frazier said on Facebook. “Justice has been served.”In a statement, the Floyd family described the verdict as “painfully earned justice.” It added: “This case is a turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement and sends a clear message we hope is heard clearly in every city and every state.”Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz lauded the verdict, although he reiterated that there is much more to do in enacting change for the Black community in his state.”This is the floor, not the ceiling of where we need to get to,” Walz said. “We know that accountability in the courtroom is only the very first step.”President Joe Biden also welcomed the verdict, but said the outcome was “too rare” for the country to turn away now from issues of systemic racism. “This can be a moment of significant change,” he said.